The only place I've even seen the practice facility mentioned was in TOC's letter to patriot club members after we ended up staying in the CAA when VCU left. Basically TOC was trying to soften the blow by mentioning that plans for the new facility would be made public soon. Fast forward to now, not even a mention about it since. I want a practice facility probably as much as most die hards, but I'd like to see Brad fix up the dinosaur that is the Patriot Center first. Gut the shitty locker rooms, rebuild them with a place to watch tape and a dedicated chill room for the guys. Rework the seating bowl and amenities like lighting and state of the art score board. Maybe also turn that gold room space into a place for all fans to chill, drink , and watch other games on TV before, half time, and after games.....similar to the beer garden space at the ground floor of the richmond coliseum but of course updated and much nicer.
Just my $.02 obviously, but if we want to keep up in the A-10 facilities arms race, funding for a new practice facility should come before an extensive renovation of the arena.
If we had a dedicated facility for the basketball programs, that building would have the upgraded locker rooms, lounges/chill areas, academic areas, offices and strength/conditioning space in addition to the basketball courts. It's the place where the players spend most of their time on campus.
Like it or not, that's something the coaches need to recruit high-level players because many (most?) of the programs against which we directly compete have one. If Mason is serious about winning in the A-10, it's no longer a luxury, but a necessity.
Renovating the arena would be mostly about the fans' comfort and enjoyment. Frankly, I think if you asked our most invested fans if they'd rather spend money on all the bells and whistles for themselves, or invest in things that directly aid in putting a winning product on the floor, most would pick the latter.
Do I want a video scoreboard, new lighting and club seating? Sure, eventually. But to me, the "game experience" is 99.99 percent about the quality of our team, not amenities.